How a word, phrase, or concept is used in the Spanish language.

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Why is “missing” added to waiting in Spanish?

In Perú we say "me falta esperar 10 minutos", in United States we do not say "I am missing waiting 10 minutes". Why is "falta/missing" added in Peruvian Spanish? Or conversely, why in American English ...
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Is “performance” a common word in spanish IT terminology?

While reading a spanish-language article on some client-side topics, I was surprised to read following passage: La gente de Microsoft hizo un excelente artículo (con una gran demo incluida), donde ...
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Translation for the adjective “haunting” (as in “a haunting melody”)

What is the best Spanish translation for the English adjective "haunting" (as in "a haunting melody")? WordReference gives three options: evocador, inquietante and inolvidable. Do any of these really ...
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¿Es una grosería decir “chíngalo”?

¿Quieres ver la televisión? ¡Chíngalo! Vamos al cine. ¿Sería una ofensa decir "chíngalo" en donde se hable español?
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How do you use “alguna que otra cosa” in context?

How do you use "alguna que otra cosa" in context? What does this phrase mean?
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Has Spanish really a timelike fashion to express distances? Like “A está a cinco horas de B”

While talking with somebody about traveling, he commented: "But you Spanish speakers are used to express distances in hours, right?" An Italian unknown. I was unaware of that. Let me formalize ...
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Venir vs. Venirse

I have noticed that the word venirse sometimes get used wrongly, so I was wonder what are some correct ways to use this word? I have listed a few example below which may or may not be correct. "I ...
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¿Cómo se usa el antepretérito?

En clase hemos estado repasando el tiempo pluscuamperfecto. En todos los ejemplos que vimos, usaron el imperfecto del verbo haber. Cuando pregunté a mi profesor sobre el pretérito de haber, nos dijo ...
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Difference between “está” and “esta” or “esté” and “este”?

How do I know if I have to use the one with accent and not the one without accent? Could you provide examples?
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What is the difference between parece and pareciera?

What is the difference between parece que and pareciera que? How are both normally translated? What tenses can be used after pareciera que, and in general how is pareciera used?
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esperar: wait vs. hope vs. expect

The verb esperar (e.g. Estoy esperándolo.) can be used in at least three senses: to wait for to hope to expect In English, these all mean very different things: I'm waiting for you to ...
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Uso de “en al frente”

Necesito una segunda opinión sobre la frase en al frente en la siguiente oración. La lección estadística empieza con los estudiantes escribiendo sus nombres en notas adhesivas y fijándolas en el ...
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Word usage: “estar inquieto” y “estar preocupado”

Is there any difference between "estar inquieto" y "estar preocupado"? Are they referring to different degrees of worry? Update: (Could you please verify the differences in meaning between the ...
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Paisaje de siempre

I read a line the other day in Almudi.org that said Mi paisaje de siempre visto desde otra perspectiva the latter part means 'seen from another perspective'. I can't quite figure out what could ...
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Words for on purpose, accidentally, intentionally, unintentionally, etc

English has several words or phrases to express that something was done with or without the person meaning to do it: purposefully (or on purpose) accidentally (or on accident) intentionally ...
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Comprometerse a

Según la siguiente frase: ¿Todavía recuerdas a lo que te comprometiste al principio? ¿Por qué necesita "a" aquí? ¿Es correcto que sola uso "al principio"? (Hay persona preguntó ["al ...
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Words for “to encourage”: alentar, animar, fomentar

In English, "to encourage" seems to have at least two uses: to suggest that someone should do something (e.g. "He encouraged me to find a new guitar teacher.") to give confidence or hope to someone ...
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Does pelón/pelona mean bald or hairy?

I have heard pelón (or the feminine pelona) used to both refer to someone who has no hair and someone who has a lot of hair. Is there any way of distinguishing whether pelón means bald or hairy, or is ...
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Significados de “ay ay” en México

¿Cuáles son los significados de "ay ay" en México?, por ejemplo: A: Me compré un carro nuevo, mira. B: Ay (sí), ay (sí). Para este caso, generalmente usan esta imagen en las redes sociales: ...
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¿Cuándo se utiliza 'creía' en el mismo sentido como 'supongo'?

Mi amigo de España me escribió la siguiente frase: El código, con el que haces las prácticas, es tan fácil de leer que de escribir. Creía que despues de pasar el exámen para entrar en el trabajo ...
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In what era was “que suave” used?

I talked to someone from México and when I was talking to him about my trip he said in reply " que suave" . I asked my mexican friends what it meant and they said it's like "cool" but they didn't ...
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Marmot vs Groundhog

In English, the groundhog and the marmot are not the same thing, the groundhog being a subcategory of marmot or distinct altogether, but in spanish there is but one word for the both: "marmota". How ...
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Word usage : te pertenece [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is the indirect object pronoun required in sentences with an indirect object? Y solo te pertenece a ti. ¿Podemos quitar el "te"? Si no, ¿por qué?
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Usage of pero vs sino

I am new to Spanish and was wondering when I need to use 'pero' in a sentence vs 'sino'. I have seen both these words used in sentences and I am confused on when to use which.
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“Bad” words in good phrases - how socially acceptable are they

I've heard two expressions which at first I thought were kind of offensive, because of the specific words in them: Mucha mierda! de puta madre It turns out both are actually nice things to ...
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“Quiero comprarlo” vs “Lo quiero comprar”

Wile studying grammar, I learned that the object pronoun could go in either of the places when the verb is being used as an infinitive. So, for "I want to buy it," both of these sentences would be ...
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¿Qué significa la abreviatura “VoBo”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la abreviatura "VoBo"? ¿en qué casos se puede utilizar?
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¿Qué significa 'Víveme'?

Me refiero a la letra de la canción de Laura Pausini, Víveme: Víveme sin miedo ahora, que sea una vida o una hora Entiendo perfectamente la palabra Vivir, pero me confundo con la frase víveme. ...
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Describing the common cold or flu in Spanish

In English, when talking about common viruses people often get, there are generally two categories: a cold is generally more mild and can come with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc. ...
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Ways to express “to get ready” or “to get dressed”

What verbs in Spanish are used to express the concept of "getting ready" or "getting dressed" (for example, before leaving the house to go out to dinner)? I've seen alistarse, arreglarse, prepararse, ...
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What do you call this play on words?

Last night I was watching T.V. and there was a TV commercial about a show named Stand Parados I know Stand in Spanish could mean "Parado/a/os/as" as a noun eg: They are stand could mean: ...
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How to use “ambos” and “los dos”

Is there a difference between "ambos" and "los dos"? Hay alguna diferencia entre "ambos" y "los dos"? Example: Por ejemplo: "Me gustan los dos." "Me gustan ambos."
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Does the word “muestrear” exist?

Tengo la siguiente oración: No hay población real de medidas que puedan ser muestreadas. La versión traducida debe ser: There is no actual population of measurements that can be sampled. ...
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Is a Wrist a Toy (muñeca)?

Both wrist and toy are "muñeca" in Spanish. Is there a connection, or just a coincidence that they are both the same?
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Difference between “comprender” and “entender”

What's the difference if both mean "to understand"? One source (spanish.about.com) says the comprender implies a deeper understanding than entender but that doesn't help much. Is there any thumb-rule ...
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¿Qué significa “es sorprendentemente genuino” en esta oración?

¿Tiene sentido la frase es sorprendentement genuino en la siguiente oración? La encontré en un texto sobre la educación estadísdica. No puedo enterderla en este contexto. ¿Puede darme esta oración ...
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What is the difference between “de corto plazo” and “a corto plazo”?

What is the difference between de corto plazo and a corto plazo (or de largo plazo and a largo plazo), meaning short-term and long-term? In what contexts can each be used?
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Using “qué” or “quién” when talking about people

Imagine for a moment you know who stole your car (some thiefs for example): Sabemos qué personas lo hicieron. The above sentence is the same as saying: Sabemos quiénes lo hicieron. (Persons ...
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Alternativas menos negativas a “desafortunadamente”

Estoy escribiendo un correo orientado a negocios. Quiero decir "Desafortunadamente, blah blah blah, porque bleh bleh bleh", con el objetivo de dar a conocer un hecho que no es beneficioso para la otra ...
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The difference between “simple” and “sencilla/o”

This words confuse me. When are simple and sencilla used? They both mean "simple" but are they used in certain contexts? Tengo un casa sencilla/simple junto al río. I wonder if i can use both in ...
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Difference between “alentar” and “animar”

"Alentar" and "animar" can both be used to mean "encourage." Are there situations when one is more appropriate over the other? EDIT I've seen this question, but it does not explain satisfactorily the ...
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Palabra correcta para describir la “acción de solicitar”

¿Cuál es la palabra correcta para describir la "acción de solicitar", según la RAE? ¿"Solicitación"?
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Break: romper vs. quebrar vs. quebrantar vs. partir

Off the top of my head, I can think of four Spanish translations for the English verb "to break": romper quebrar quebrantar partir In what cases can each be used, and what are the differences ...
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Why is “Tierra” capitalized but “cielos” is not?

In Chapter 3 of the book Aprendamos del Gran Maestro I came across this sentence fragment: "Dios es el Creador de todo: el hizo los cielos y la Tierra, ..." Why is "earth" ("Tierra") capitalized ...
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¿Cual es el uso de “bobo” en ciertos países?

En Venezuela significa tonto o una persona que esta como distraída. He escuchado que puede significar otras cosas. Que significa en otros países? O que usos tiene?
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Analogous-sounding spanish words from english to avoid using? [closed]

There was once an incident as a kid where I was acting foolish somehow at the dinner table talking with my brother, who maybe didn't care that much anyways as to what I was doing. My grandfather, ...
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Usage of sí vs sí mismo

It seems to me that the words "sí" and "sí mismo" both refer to the subject of a verb (reflexively), but I don't know when to use one or the other. Me parece que las palabras "sí" y "sí mismo" se ...
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Speakers' location in determining venir vs. ir

In English, we use the word "come" very loosely (at least in day-to-day spoken English): Want to come over to my place later? Can I come over to your house for New Years'? Can you come meet me at ...
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Difference between “cariciar” and “acariciar”

Both words mean "to caress" or "to fondle" according to the dictionaries. Is it really so? Are the exactly the same thing? If not, in what way does adding that "a" change the meaning? My question also ...
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Difference and usage on “teléfono” and “telefónica”

Es "número de teléfono" pero "tarjeta telefónica". ¿Cómo puedo decidir qué forma es (más) correcta? It's "Número de teléfono", but "Tarjeta telefónica". How can I tell which word is more ...